Portraits of Grace: Stephen

Portraits of Grace is a snapshot into the lives of the people at King’s Cross Church. As “kingdom minded, kingdom people,” we recognize God’s work in every detail of our lives. We invite you to meet the people of our church.

Photo by Minnow Park

Fourteen years ago, I left a fairly stable (albeit uninspiring) job in fashion retailing and decided to pursue my passion for design. It was completely nerve wracking as I had to start from the beginning – going back to school, having no experience, and spending my savings to make ends meet. I loved it and still love the creative process of turning an idea into a tangible and relatable product. However, I learned over the years that working in this industry, especially in NY, there are constant pressures to push yourself to the upper limits of your creative and physical capabilities. I’ve lost count of how many late nights I pulled at the office, how many weekends I’ve used to work on projects, how many emails and texts I’ve answered after work hours, and how many weeks I spent overseas away from my family. Despite my best intentions of working hard for the sake of my family’s future, these sacrifices took a toll on my spiritual health, my marriage and time spent with my sons. It was difficult for me to admit that work had become my idol. It took a series of unfortunate events with jobs coming and going for me to realize that I’ve lost sight of what’s most important. I’m thankful that by grace, God did not, and still does not, abandon me despite my disobedience and sinfulness. Yes, God has blessed me during my career, but that’s not all I am. I’m a husband, a father and, first and foremost, a son of God and a follower of Christ. Living out my life for God’s glory is what ultimately sustains me.